I need the experts' opinions
Saw this article on NewsForge about DemoLinux. It's a download that you burn to CD and basically run Linux from the CD. It's a memory hog as it doesn't run from your HD, but I thought it might be a good way for someone new to Linux (someone=ME) to get a feel for the OS. What are some *nix experts' opinions?
Full text of the article is HERE [newsforge.com]
My suggestion is to find a old 386 somewhere and to load a linux distro on it. Any old PC will do :) If you are just looking to try out all the commands and get the feel of the unix interface there are many of companies who offer shell accounts, that is you ssh or telnet remotely into their server and issue unix commands as if you were in front of the terminal.
I'm no expert, but I am a full time Linux user, I do it all with open source.
The only thing is there is working with Linux and then there is the Linux as a desktop experience. They are really different, if you want to get to know the shell environment a 386 will do fine, then you could play with cron, apache, Vi, Lynx, grep and all the other command line goodies. A 386 will give you a machine that will enable you to practice administrative skills, but it cut it if you want to see what a modern Linux desktop environment is like. One thing about the Linux desktop is that the amount of choices [webmasterworld.com] you have are enormous. Many of the applications are very solid and easy to use.
If you want to give Linux a real chance as a desktop, make the computer you are using to post to WebmasterWorld dual boot with either Mandrake/Linux or SuSE, or maybe RedHat. Those three are among the easer to install.
I appreciate you taking the time to reply.
littleman - I read that post you linked to...and have flagged it for future reference. It is a wonderful read and will definitely help out.
Both of you suggest going with a standalone (or dual boot) system. That's what I'll probably end up doing. Just thought the prospect of getting a feel for Linux w/o having to actually install/configure it was worth a look.
I've made the steps, i've gone for an approach similar to what you suggest littleman.
I've decided to get the new 7.2 distribution and put it on its own hard disk and run a dual boot system with Win 2K, as i am far too green too switch over to linux at this point, though windows, was annoying me in many ways and the thought did occur to just format this system and just learn linux, or don't use the computer, probably not a bad strategy. As long as i can hassle my brother and interrorgate the archives, and members of these forums, i am sure, i will be able too suffice with linux, probably in about six months. Watch out knowledgable linux bods!